Science and Public Policy Institute

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The Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a public policy organization which promotes climate change denial and downplays the dangers of mercury.[1][2]

Mission Statement[edit]

The Science and Public Policy Institute describes itself as:

a nonprofit institute of research and education dedicated to sound public policy based on sound science. Free from affiliation to any corporation or political party, we support the advancement of sensible public policies for energy and the environment rooted in rational science and economics. Only through science and factual information, separating reality from rhetoric, can legislators develop beneficial policies without unintended consequences that might threaten the life, liberty, and prosperity of the citizenry.[3]


The organization's Executive Director is Robert Ferguson, and the chief policy adviser is Christopher Monckton. Joe D'Aleo is the institute's Meteorology Adviser. Further science advisers, as listed in 2011, include:

Willie Soon was at one time the chief science advisor.


The Science and Public Policy Institute funded a film "Apocalypse? No!" intended to show errors in the Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. It shows Monckton giving a presentation to the Cambridge University Union.[4]

The SPPI took an interest in the Climatic Research Unit email controversy ("Climategate"). Its position is elaborated in a 45-page paper released on Dec. 7th 2009 titled "Climategate: Caught Green-Handed!: Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal", which concluded that global warming is a myth.[5]


The Institute is operated by The Frontiers of Freedom Foundation, Inc.[6][7][8] a policy organization founded was founded in 1996 by Republican ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming.[9] On its website SPPI does not detail the sources of its funding. The New York Times listed the fossil-fuel company Exxon-Mobil as one of its funders.[10]


  1. ^ Haskins, Ed, "Global Warming = Climate Change," SPPI, 6 Aug. 2013.
  2. ^ "Mercury Science Fact Sheet," Science and Public Policy Institute, 31 July, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mission Statement". Science and Public Policy Institute. 
  4. ^ Jonathan Leake (October 14, 2007). "Please, sir - Gore's got warming wrong". Sunday Times. 
  5. ^ "Climategate: Caught Green-Handed" (pdf). Science and Public Policy Institute. 
  6. ^ Center for Science in the Public Interest, Center for Science and Public Policy/Center for Sound Science and Public Policy page at Integrity in Science (retrieved May 6, 2015)
  7. ^ Sourcewatch, Frontiers of Freedom (retrieved May 26, 2014)
  8. ^ Mann, Michael E. (2013). The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0231526385. the Center for Science and Public Policy, a project of the industry-funded Frontiers of Freedom (a group that has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from ExxonMobil) 
  9. ^ "Malcolm Wallop dies at 78; was Republican U.S. senator", LA Times, September 15, 2011 (retrieved May 6, 2015)
  10. ^ JENNIFER 8. LEE (May 28, 2003). "Exxon Backs Groups that Question Global Warming". Retrieved January 29, 2016. 

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